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A happy ending

Happy ending by UnsplashFirstly, this is not the post I had planned for today, but hey, life happens. I’m just happy that I’m blogging at all!

So have you ever had one of those days that just promises to be a jerk from the moment you open your eyes? Nothing specific happens, but there’s that… tingle in the air. You find yourself looking around, wondering what’s going to happen next. I hate those days. Mostly because they often turn out to be the worst sort of days. What makes it worse is that I’m a fairly positive human being. It’s how I deal with all sorts of situations. Focus on the good. Focus on the highlights. Ignore the bad stuff! (So healthy, I know.)

A year of saying goodbye

Dad's balloons

On the 20th of September 2015, my father passed away. It’s been one year since that day, one year since my life changed forever.

I wrote about Dad passing away over on my old blog. You can read about it here: Saying goodbye to my dad. But this post, is about my life since that day. And it probably won’t be pretty. These are just words that need to get out, one way or another. And when you’re a writer, it’s best that they come out like this.

I remember the 20th of September 2015 as if it were last week. It was a Sunday and just about everything seems to be in the sharpest detail. From the message I received that Dad had been taken to hospital as he wasn’t feeling well, to the crushing, numbing, soul-shattering realisation that I was about to say goodbye to my father. For real this time. We’ve had scares before, when he had his first heart attack just before my 11th birthday, or when he had a bipass and almost didn’t make the recovery. It was different this time. That one message told me that this was it. I was going to lose him.

The tale of my first tattoo

This post has been a long time coming. Unfortunately I got my very first tattoo during my blogging dry spell so I missed out on the chance to share my excitement as it was happening. But now that I’m back, I thought I’d share about my first tattoo, when and where I got inked, and why I decided to take the permanent plunge at last.

The first buzz

Let me start off by saying that this first tattoo has been in the pipeline for a very long time. I’ve always loved tattoos and since a child, I’ve been drawn to other people’s body art. My grandfather, uncle, and siblings all have tattoos and I knew it was only a matter of time before I took the plunge. I’m a fairly level-headed human being and I was determined to NOT be one of those silly 18-year-old girls who just got any old tattoo without doing any research and then regretting it a few years later.

My plus-size model-for-a-day experience with Spree and Evans

If you receive emails from, one of South Africa’s largest online retailers, you recently may have seen this:

Spree and Evans Plus

Yup, that’s my face. Right there in the front row. No, I haven’t decided to leave copywriting and social media behind me and be a model (my laptop and pajamas would miss me too much), but I did win the chance to be a plus-size model for the day with Spree and Evans!

Let me introduce myself

The Adventure Begins

Why, hello there! Look at this brand new blog. I think it looks quite spiffy.

My name is Robyn and I’ve been blogging for a few years now over at Curious Robyn. Unfortunately, after my dad died in September last year, I lost myself a little. It’s really hard dealing with the loss of someone who forms such an integral part of who you are as a person, but I’m getting there. A lot has happened since Dad’s passing and I feel like I’ve shed a few layers of my old self. Hence, the rise of Uphill Writer, a blog about me, my life, and my world.

In fact, blogging is such a huge part of my life that I also founded the South African Bloggers group on Facebook that many of you reading this are probably a member of. (If not, go ahead and join in on the awesome.)